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Old 03-17-2008, 10:00 AM   #1
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Nikon d40 owners

Anyone near La Porte that has some knowledge of these cameras? I just got one and figured there was someone here that could school me a little. I have seen camera conversations here recommending this model.
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I have a D40, and have taken photography courses. Don't live near La Porte though. Ever go to track days?
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I have not been. Wolfe camera has a class for my model, but its 2 months away. I dont want to wait that long. I plan on taking lighting class soon. And intro to digital , but I want to pick some things up sooner if possible.
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wife just took a class on photog from leisure learning, those lil mags you see all over the place, she learned stuff

she wants to take the all digitial class, and the one on taking photogs of the kids

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well the only classes I've taken are Intro to Photography, Advanced Photography, and Commercial Photography. All completed at TSTC. I would recommend reading the owner's manual and then asking specific questions you need answered. So, whaddya wanna know?
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I dont venture to that side of town unless I absolutly have too. Thanks for the info. I do remember seeing you talk about it. Yours was one that led me to the nikon
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I should read before I even start with the ?s. I dont know more than auto,point, shoot.
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I am currently using the D50 which is just about the same camera. Post up some questions and we can takle them. It is a camera so it is easy to share the current and after question state of your pictures.
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I should read before I even start with the ?s. I dont know more than auto,point, shoot.
Excellent camera just for that. Your next step should be to read what the different preset modes will do for you then read about the manul modes. Take some pictures of the same object with all of them knowing the order in which you used them then compare the photos. Best place to start for a visual learner. Which hopefully you are because photos are just that.
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I guess I was just looking for someone close to show me the basics. I hate reading instrustions. Short attn span I guess.
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I played with it the other day. It takes great pics in auto. I know it will do so much more. I bought the 200mm lens for it too. It was an impulse buy. I wanted a good camera, but I know nothing about photography. I think I have a good eye and take good enough pics with my fuji fine pix. The d40 is a whole different thing though.
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I played with it the other day. It takes great pics in auto. I know it will do so much more. I bought the 200mm lens for it too. It was an impulse buy. I wanted a good camera, but I know nothing about photography. I think I have a good eye and take good enough pics with my fuji fine pix. The d40 is a whole different thing though.
Ok, reading is not the biggest gap you need to fill at this point. Write down all the modes on that jog wheel. It doesn't matter if you know the names just make the list so you know the order and how they relate to the pictures you will take. Now go outside and take a picture of something with all the modes in the order that you wrote them down. Should be directly related to the dial. Then put your list in Word or soemthing and paste the pictures associated to them below the corresponding titles. Compare
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sounds like a good place to start. Thanks.
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i would say learn to get good/decent shots with auto and know when you need to use certain settings. want to catch some good action , (S)hutter priority, etc etc
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i would say learn to get good/decent shots with auto and know when you need to use certain settings. want to catch some good action , (S)hutter priority, etc etc
The auto works great under good lighting. Trying to capture something with out the best lighting is were it seems to get tricky. That and your focus areas are really nice in the manual modes.
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I want to take the cool pics where subj. is clear and background is out of focus. And low light situations through long lens.
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I want to take the cool pics where subj. is clear and background is out of focus. And low light situations through long lens.
Get a good tripod then.
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